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|Win: Denk (2-1)||6.0||5||1||0||1||4|
|Loss: Palafox (0-5)||4.0||6||5||3||1||4|
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|Win: Nordby (2-0)||4.0||3||1||1||2||5|
|Loss: Houlihan (0-1)||4.0||6||6||6||1||1|
MANKATO, Minn. (Bowyer Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball team was handed a pair of 9-1 loss by Minnesota State University, Mankato Sunday afternoon in Mankato, Minn. The Beavers fall to 2-20 overall with a 1-9 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference while the Mavericks improve to 18-7 overall and 9-4 in conference play.
Game Three – L, 9-1
Senior pitcher Jesse Palafox opened the game strong on the mound while retiring the first three MSU batters of the game and allowing just one base-runner through the first two innings. After loading the bases with no outs in the third inning, Palafox got out of the inning with limited damage. The Mavericks took a 1-0 lead but Palafox struck out the final two batters of the inning to strand three runners on base. Minnesota State followed with its biggest inning of the game in the fourth with four runs on four hits and three Bemidji State errors to go ahead, 5-0.
Sophomore Wyatt White reached base on a walk before being brought home by junior Kade Nelson on an RBI single to get BSU on the board. The Beavers reached base six more times through the game but left five runners on base after the fourth inning. MSU added one run in each of the sixth and seventh frames before tacking on its final two in the eighth.
Palafox (0-5) took the loss after throwing the first 4.0 innings with four strikeouts and three earned runs allowed. Freshman pitcher Zack Henderson and sophomore pitcher Jackson Back each tossed 2.0 innings while senior pitcher Tommy Geisenhof threw 1.0.
Seven Beavers accounted for the team’s seven hits on the day, including a double by junior Noah Boser for the only extra-base hit of the game. Sophomores Matt Kummet and Austin Weisz each went 1-for-3 from the plate with a walk.
Game Four – L, 9-1
The Mavericks took the first lead of the non-conference game two in the top of the first inning following a hit by pitch, sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single to left field. MSU followed with two runs in the third inning with a two-RBI single and three in the fourth inning with a two-RBI double and a score on a wild pitch to pull ahead, 6-0.
Junior Isaiah Grancorvitz led off a string of three straight two-out singles for BSU in the bottom of the fourth inning before scoring the team’s lone run. Kummet and Nelson followed Grancorvitz with singles while a walk to sophomore Blake Huntley brought in BSU’s run. MSU added three runs in the sixth inning to cap scoring for the game.
Freshman pitcher Alex Houlihan (0-1) took the loss in his first start of the season after throwing 4.0 innings with six earned runs allowed and one strikeout. Freshman pitcher Tommy Smith threw 2.0 innings in relief with one earned run allowed while sophomore pitcher Kenny Morris pitched the final inning with just one hit allowed.
Bemidji State returns to the diamond Wednesday, April 3 with an NSIC doubleheader against Winona State University.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).